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Poster: billbarstad Date: Oct 9, 2011 5:48pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Question about 'The Doll Squad' (1973)

A movie (or TV show) can be shown without it being published, in the legal sense. Publication is simply defined as "distribution of copies to the general public with the consent of the author", which my guess is, in this case, means it wasn't sold to a distributor when it was first shown. It went out on videotape, another means of publication, in 1985.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000488608 / 1989-08-29
Title: The Doll Squad / a Ted V. Mikels Film production ; directed and produced by Ted V. Mikels.
Description: 1 videocassette.
Copyright Claimant: Theodore V. Mikels
Date of Creation: 1973
Date of Publication: 1985-09-01
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

Names: Mikels, Theodore V., 1929-
Ted V. Mikels Film

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Poster: HektorT Date: Oct 10, 2011 6:45am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Question about 'The Doll Squad' (1973)

Determining "publication" is a little bit different for TV shows and films. For films there is a general consensus that when the film is placed into a distribution exchange it is "published".

For TV shows it is more vague. According to the definition of syndication which is correctly given by the wikipedia reference, a TV show should be published, for the sake of copyright, when it is syndicated. But the courts haven't always agreed with that. In his book "The Public Domain" Steven Fishman says there is no clear answer as to when a TV show has been published or how the courts might rule.